2013-14 Stats Per Game: 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 37.7 minutes
Free-Agent Type: Unrestricted
Forget the previous history—James should be the main target of any NBA team with enough cap space.
Emotions aside, the Cavaliers are expected to make a run at James, says Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon Journal:
They have been preparing for months, even years, for this moment. They know any team that gets in front of him will lay out a plan of how they’ll win with him, how they’ll surround him with top talent and how they can win titles together. But the Cavs privately feel they can separate themselves in two key areas: This area is still home to him, and Dan Gilbert is willing to cut any check necessary to help the team win.
While Cleveland may still be a few years away from contending for a championship, it's safe to say they would immediately become one of the best in the Eastern Conference with James on board.
Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins will both be Cavaliers until at least 2019. Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett are all young and have multiple years left on their deals.
That's a lot of young, yet still unproven, talent.
If the Cavs can somehow package it for an existing star, James may give Cleveland a second look.
All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.